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Just a Blip in Time

Dad, teach your children that God has a plan for their lives.

Have you ever stopped to ask yourself why you exist? I did. After graduation, I took a job in downtown Chicago. Day after day, I would do the same thing: get up early, stumble around to get ready, and then commute from where I lived on the south side of the city down to the busy metropolis. After a year of this constant repetition, I felt like my life was going nowhere. I asked myself this question: “Isn’t there more to life than this?”

If you look around, you will notice that people behave as if this living spree will go on forever. Many don’t have an understanding of why they are here. Some become wealthy and powerful by relying on their own abilities and using their wealth to satisfy their own cravings. They will fight to hold on to power in the belief that they will always have a position of authority and life will go on forever.

Others may be set and somewhat satisfied in their life routines. The every day “Joe” has his family, his work, and his buddies, and that’s fine with him. He would rather live his make-believe life than consider that there may be more, such as a plan for his life, or a reason for his existence.

When a person really stops to think about life, this realization takes place: there must be more to living. I began to realize that God does have a personal plan for each one and that He has given abilities and talents to work out His plan for us, no matter what our status is in life.

Psalm 49:10 (NIV) offers this imagery: “Everyone can see that wise men die, as well as foolish, and the senseless. All perish.” Ah, the key then is that we all live for only a blip, a nanosecond in the vast space of time, not forever as some may convince themselves.

God’s Spirit opened my understanding, and I found my direction. So why are you here? Are you foolishly wasting away time on your own desires? Psalm 29:20 tells us, “A [person] who has riches with out understanding is like the beasts that perish.” That is, living a life without an awareness of your purpose is like being a beast that has no reasoning.

You were created in His image to make a difference on earth. Ask yourself, “What am I doing with the blip of time I was given?” God has a plan for you, and it’s up to you to find out what you were called to do. Others can’t do your work; they would be stealing your blessing.

God will reveal to you His plan as you seek His understanding. This plan is urgent, since we have only a wink of time to impact those around.

Florence Simmons writes to glorify God and to help believers know Christ. Contact her,